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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences


Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Faculty

Alissa Richmond Armstrong
The Armstrong laboratory's overarching goal is to understand how communication with adipocytes coordinates the response of adult stem cell populations and their differentiating daughters to changes in an organism’s nutritional input.
Franklin G. Berger
Molecular mechanisms of resistance to cancer chemotherapy
Shannon Davis
Research in the Davis Lab focuses on the organogenesis of the pituitary gland.
Michael Felder
Genetics and gene regulation in the mouse and Peromyscus (deer mice),
Beth Krizek
We are interested in defining the molecular mechanisms by which a small number of pluripotent floral stem cells develop into a mature Arabidopsis flower.
Sofia Lizarraga
The Lizarraga laboratory primary focus is to understand the basic molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to neuronal circuit formation during normal brain development and in disease associated conditions. Using human stem cell models, we investigate common biological mechanisms underlying the pathobiology associated with disorders of neuronal connectivity.
Fabienne Poulain
My lab aims to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms for axon pathfinding and selective degeneration leading to the formation and maintenance of functional brain circuits. We use zebrafish as a model system and a unique combination of genetic, embryological and live imaging approaches to observe and manipulate axons directly in the embryo in vivo.
Deanna Smith
Dyneins (molecular motors): their regulation in neurons and other eukaryotic cells.
Daniel Speiser
The Speiser Lab studies the structure, function, and evolution of complex traits in invertebrate animals. We are particularly interested in the function and evolution of dispersed sensory systems in marine molluscs, particularly the multi-eyed visual systems found in certain bivalves (such as scallops) and in certain species of chiton. We are also studying the neurobiology that underlies these distributed sensory networks. As a hypothesis-driven research group, we are open to pursuing a wide range of questions in visual ecology, marine biology, and evolutionary physiology.
Jason Stewart
Molecular mechanisms of DNA replication and cell division in humans.
Jeff Twiss
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience